Postman 1
The Postman and the Poet
Six Nights In Naples
Six Nights In Naples
Dorothy Fields Forever
Alfie The Musical
Postman 1
The Postman and the Poet
Six Nights In Naples
Six Nights In Naples
Dorothy Fields Forever
Alfie The Musical

“The only thing that bothers me about Eden Phillips’s lyrics is that they might do me out of a job.”

Tim Rice

Eden Phillips

Eden Phillips writes lyrics for musicals, songs, song cycles, children’s songs and jingles.

He also writes books for book musicals, and he is a consultant to publishers on the world of musical theatre.

“Writing lyrics is my passion. I try to write in the tone of voice of the character, progress the plot, catch the mood – whatever the task demands.”

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EMINENT AUNT

Surprised but grateful to be invited to the Institute of Mechanical Engineers for an event celebrating the centenary of the birth of my great aunt, Verena Holmes. Until the presentation by Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO of the Women’s Engineering Society, followed by the unveiling of a portrait of Verena, I had no idea what a pioneer she was – the very first female member of the IME, after a three-year battle to be accepted, and then an inventor of devices as varied as a deep-sea diving outfit, an apparatus for treating tuberculosis and valves for internal combustion engines. Having inherited none of her engineering skills, the only tribute I can think of is to turn her exploits into a work for the stage. Verena the Musical! has a certain ring to it, perhaps?

The Postman and the poet

The poet Pablo Neruda teaches his postman Mario to woo the beautiful Beatriz in verse. Romance, comedy and – ultimately – tragedy follow.

Inspired by Ardiente Paciencia, the novel by Antonio Skarmeta on which the 1994 Oscar-winning film Il Postino was based.

Isla Negra, a fishing village on the Chilean coast, 1970-73. Mario, inarticulate and wildly romantic, gets a job as postman to the poet Pablo Neruda. Learning from Neruda, Mario woos the beautiful Beatriz in a way that is unusual to her: in words…

Six Nights in Naples

Six Nights in Naples is a new musical based on a quirky, true story set in the famous Naples opera house, the Teatro di San Carlo.

The soldiers are fortunate to find some interesting characters resident in the opera house, including an Italian diva, her dresser and her dancing daughter. Culture clashes between Brits and Italians, musical theatre and opera, the real world and the supernatural combine in a piece that affectionately sends up theatrical conventions – and throws in some on-off-on love affairs for good measure.

Dorothy Fields Forever

Based on the life and lyrics of Dorothy Fields, the show charts her triumphs and disappointments, illustrated in her own words  and accompanied by music from the golden age of American song.

With the music of Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Arthur Schwartz, Sigmund Romberg and Cy Coleman.

A hugely talented woman who wrote songs for shows, revues and cabaret from the 1920’s to the 1970’s, Dorothy Fields made her way in what was then (as now) an essentially male-dominated area…